Firefighters believe Stansted Airport bus fire was accidentally caused by an electrical fault

PUBLISHED: 17:12 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:12 02 April 2018

The bus has been completely destroyed. Picture: Essex Fire

The bus has been completely destroyed. Picture: Essex Fire

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The terminal forecourt and parts of the terminal building were evacuated after a blaze broke out at about 4pm on Friday March 30.

The fire is understood to have engulfed a bus which was parked outside the terminal building, in the express set down bay.

A spokesman for Essex Fire said the fire was caused accidentally by an electrical fault on the bus.

The blaze was extinguished by about 5pm and there were no reports of any casualties.

A spokesman for Essex Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews reported on arrival that a bus, positioned outside the terminal entrance, was well alight.

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“Due to the volume of smoke, the terminal was evacuated while firefighters extinguished the fire.

“Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire by 5.02pm. The bus has been completely destroyed, while much of the front of the terminal building has suffered smoke damage.

“We believe the fire was caused accidentally by an electrical fault on the bus.”

Two fire crews from Dunmow, a crew from Thaxted, and a crew from Stansted attended the scene.

A spokesman for Stansted Airport said: “The fire was caused by an electrical fault on the bus and was brought under control within 20 minutes by the emergency services. Passengers were quickly evacuated away from the fire and there were no reported injuries.

“As a result, a number of flights were delayed, cancelled or diverted to other UK airports. Our terminal team and additional staff have worked around the clock to provide welfare assistance to those passengers who were affected by the flight cancellations.

“We apologise to those passengers who were affected.”

All flights are expected to operate as scheduled for the remainder of the Easter weekend.

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